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That Perches in the soul

Posted by Valeriy on October 30, 2006

In Reply to: That Perches in the soul posted by Bob on October 30, 2006

: : : What does the exopression "That Perches in the soul" mean?

: : : Thank you.

: : Why do you capitalize "perches"? It appears to be a verb (which one does not capitalize), and even if it were a noun, it's a common noun. The clause appears to mean, "that sits or rests in the soul." THe antecedent of the clause is something that takes a perch (a seat or a position a bit apart, in real life probably an elevated, sometimes precarious, position) in one's soul--something that stays with you in that place from which emanates the "still, small voice" telling you to do the right thing.
: : SS

: I can't remember if Emily Dickinson capitalized Perches in the original manuscript, but the poem reads:
: Hope is the thing with feathers
: That perches in the soul,
: And sings the tune--without the words,
: And never stops at all,

: And sweetest in the gale is heard;
: And sore must be the storm
: That could abash the little bird
: That kept so many warm.

: I've heard it in the chillest land,
: And on the strangest sea;
: Yet, never, in extremity,
: It asked a crumb of me.

Thank you very much for the explanations and particularly for the poem!